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Feeding a baby can be messy business, especially if your baby is one of half of all infants who spit up. While the phenomenon may cause you extra, it's not usually cause for concern. "As long as babies are gaining weight and are happy and comfortable, even those who spit up 10 to 20 times a day shouldn't require a visit to a gastrointestinal specialist," says Judith Sondheimer, M. D. , professor of pediatrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. Babies spit up because the muscles in their digestive tracts aren't fully matureвa condition called reflux that corrects itself in almost all babies by the time they can walk. But spitting up rarely interferes with your baby getting the nutrition he needs.

Though it may seem like a lot of curdled breast milk or formula ends upon your shoulder, looks can be deceiving. "What is actually a tablespoon of spit-up formula can look like several ounces when mixed with stomach juices," says Michael Hart, M. D. , director of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at the Carilion Children's Medical Center in Roanoke, VA. To keep spitting up in check, offer smaller amounts of breast milk or formula more frequently, and keep your baby upright for about 20 minutes after each meal. Leave snap-bottom clothing unfastened, and make sure that
aren't too tight.

If your baby spits up during the night, ask your doctor about using a wedge, like the Tucker Sling, to keep your baby partially upright while sleeping. (www. tuckerdesigns. com; $99; 800/780-7479) Talk to your pediatrician if your baby is overly fussy following feedings, suffers uncomfortable diarrhea or bloating, or is slow to gain weight. In these cases, the spitting up could be caused by a milk allergy or more severe reflux that requires medication. And seek immediate medical attention for forceful spitting up that seems more like vomiting than a wet burp, or if your baby spits up blood or yellowish-green bileвeither may signal a more serious condition.

Hi. This happened to Arwyn last Saturday and Sunday and i thought i was over feeding her. She probably gulping too fast. I was very much concerned because it was really projectile and I feel so sorry for her feeling that way. This thing happened again this morning so I went to the doctor just for the peace of mind. The docs said that it might be a reflux as the stomach is not fully matured yet. She adviced me 3 things. (1) Mix her milk with a thickener (2) get a ready to use thickened formula milk (3) give her zantac (antacid). I told her that I would try the thickener first. I will get it tomorrow from the chemist so hopefully she settles with it.

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